Don't Pretend it Didn't Happen

Christian art isn’t “safe” art. For the Chuck Colson for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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LifeWay Christian stores recently caved in to a complaint from a Southern Baptist pastor and pulled copies of The Blind Side from its shelves. Rough language and behavior portrayed in the film so offended the pastor, he filed a resolution against it at the the Southern Baptist Convention.

But the pastor’s shallow movie analysis missed how the rough language and behavior was portrayed. The movie told the real life story of Michael Oher, whose was saved from inner city gang activity and homelessness when a loving family took him in. What he actually faced was much rougher than the movie!

Look, real Christianity including Christian art doesn’t hide from the real world. Our addiction to keeping everything “safe,” hides the fall and trivializes redemption. How evil is portrayed in a movie is far more important than whether it is portrayed. My friend Gina Dalfonzo explains this in a terrific article, and I’ve linked to it at I’m John Stonestreet.

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Gina Dalfonzo | The BreakPoint Blog | June 18, 2012